Suddenly you have an intense pain that comes and goes that is located in the area of the flank or maybe in the lower abdomen. You may also be nauseous and vomiting, or you may even have a fever. Most women who experience this describe this as being worse than childbirth without anesthesia. You cannot find a comfortable position and will be pacing back and forth. What is it that I am describing? A kidney stone that is trying to make its way out of the urinary tract.
Kidney stones can come in many different shapes, sizes and composition. Many patients may have stones that are present in their kidney and not even know they are there. Patients only become aware of their stones when the stones cause symptoms. Symptoms that can be associated with kidney stones include bleeding, infection, or pain that usually comes in waves and can be located in your back and sides and may radiate toward the groin.
What is a kidney stone?
Most stones (80%) contain calcium; h...
Full Question: I've got a question that I hope you can help me with. Two years ago, I was in a car accident - I was a passenger in the front seat. We were hit from behind at a high speed and the fellow's head from the back seat collided with mine - also leaving 2 teeth in my head, which weren't removed for over a week. I've got a lot of problems since then with memory loss, and nasty head pain. I've been told a lot of different things - but yesterday finally met a neurologist that seemed to understand that there would be a lot of what I am experiencing from the impact and the teeth. I also have a history of kidney stones (cystinuria). This dr. prescribed topiramate at a low dosage - Anyway, before filling any prescription, I do check to see what it is about. I have never seen kidney stones mentioned before that I know of - but there it was - and as I researched, I see that when taking this medication, you should increase water intake as it could cause 'calcium...
A friend of mine who is well past the menopause transition recently let us know that she wasn't feeling good. She complained about a severe pain in her abdomen, eventually contacting her health care provider. Eventually, the pain went away and she now believes that she passed a kidney stone.
After doing a little research, I learned some that postmenopausal women do have issues with kidney stones. Current estimates are the kidney stones affect between 5-7 percent of U.S. postmenopausal women. And a 2010 study out of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that the use of estrogen therapy by postmenopausal women might increase the risk of developing kidney stones by approximately 20 percent.
What Are Kidney Stones?
The Mayo Clinic reports that kidney stones are not linked to one definitive cause. They form when urine contains more crystal –forming substances (uric acid, calcium and oxalate) than the fluid in the urine can dilute. Furthermore, the ur...
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